Monday, December 31, 2018
American Tap Room was, along with The Barking Dog on Elm Street, one of the last-remaining after-midnight options for moviegoers one block from the Regal Cinemas. The restaurant and bar at 7278 Woodmont Avenue was open until 2:00 AM. The combination of the Riemer-driven implosion of nightlife in Bethesda, and the loss of theater-related foot traffic, was too much for American Tap Room to overcome.
The Bethesda outpost of American Tap Room is also the latest major dining closure since the Regal closed two years ago. Longtime anchors Lebanese Taverna and Redwood went out of business despite years of success before the demolition of the Regal. Bethesda Row is now reeling from numerous, large vacant storefronts - ATP, with the closures of Taylor Gourmet and Kapnos Kouzina, makes a solid wall of shuttered restaurants along Woodmont Avenue at the Federal Realty property.
American Tap Room's space may not remain vacant for long, however. Matchbox is rumored to be the next tenant there in the near future. For now, the restaurant's welcoming torches have gone dark, another sad statement about the County Council's ongoing war against bar and restaurant owners.
Sunday, December 30, 2018
A federal $7500 tax credit on Tesla Model 3 will drop to $3750 for cars received by customers on January 1, 2019 or later. That's because Tesla has already achieved the 200,000 sales point, which triggers the reduction. The tax break will continue to get smaller until it finally phases out entirely in 2020.
Most people who buy Teslas are wealthy, but the loss of the hefty subsidy could hit harder in Montgomery County. The extreme tax burden the Montgomery County Council has placed on residents continues to send the wealthiest in the county for the exits, and they've been leaving in droves to Loudoun, Fairfax, Frederick and even Howard counties. Tax revenue has dropped as a result, and the County's once-touted "Rodeo Drive" in Chevy Chase is now a boarded-up wasteland of vacant shops and smashed-out bus shelters.
With the Council already talking about yet another tax hike, expect more "rich flight" to greener, saner pastures. And for those with just a decently-high salary that ends up providing Weimar Republic-level purchasing power in overpriced MoCo, who can just squeak out a Tesla purchase, the loss of the Tesla tax break could force them to scale back to a Chevrolet Spark.
Saturday, December 29, 2018
downtown Bethesda location just closed, as well. That location was devastated by the Montgomery County Council's decision to not require the developer of 7272 Wisconsin Avenue to provide a replacement cineplex, after it demolished the Regal Cinemas Bethesda 10.
What went wrong in North Bethesda? It was most likely the general moribundity of the Pike District, which the Council claimed would be the next Tysons, but has been mercilessly crushed by the revamped Tysons. No job growth means no growth in office workers hunting for sandwiches at lunchtime. Looks like the Council had their [briefcases] handed to them "freaky-fast" by Fairfax County once again. Heckuva job, Brownie!
Friday, December 28, 2018
Like Redwood, Lebanese Taverna and American Tap Room, Jimmy John's had thrived for years. But in the year since the cineplex closed, all four are fading into the quiet, moribund Bethesda night "freaky fast." So many parking spaces are available in public garages around Bethesda Row at peak hours now that embarrassed County officials have deviously switched the "Spaces Available" sign to simply read, "OPEN."
A study conducted during the revitalization of Towson, Maryland showed that a mainstream cineplex showing current blockbusters draws an average of 20,000 additional people per weekend who would not otherwise visit. Thanks, Montgomery County cartel!
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
opening in early 2019 at the Bethesda Crescent building at 7475 Wisconsin Avenue. They have posted some "coming soon" signage at their future storefront, and are hiring for all positions.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
That made it seem more of an official drop-off by Lime than the result of random travels by Lime users. Ken Hartman, who represents the County Executive as Director of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, tweeted Monday that another Lime bike had popped up in his residential neighborhood.
Downtown Bethesda, and greater Bethesda as a whole, are still not shown as official dockless bike pilot zones on the Montgomery County website, so it's unclear what's going on here. But now that they are here, you can take advantage of them by following the user instructions on the Lime website.
Monday, December 24, 2018
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Saturday, December 22, 2018
I've now confirmed that the Bethesda Row location is permanently closed. This is, at least temporarily, a significant loss for Federal Realty. Kapnos was in a space that struggled to attract foot traffic for years. Only the then-positive notoriety of Mike Isabella was able to fill seats in a quiet, hidden corner of the Bethesda Row development. At least the recipe for success here is now known, and another celebrity chef concept can be brought in to fill the void.